As of September 22nd, I will be officially registered with the New York State Tax Department as an independent artist with a temporary certificate of authority to collect sales tax on my artwork. Sounds lame, eh? But I am saying a silent Woohoo!

This started with my first attempt to participate in an art festival. In the past when I’ve thought about festivals, I chicken out before I can get too excited because of some (unfortunately logical) argument (Do I have enough pieces? Can I afford the fee to set up a booth? Will I need to get things framed? Will I be accepted? Am I just setting myself up for disappointment if I spend a whole day sitting and don’t sell anything?) For now, these questions go unanswered, but I’ve taken the first step and applied to participate in the Rochester Public Market Artists Row event on September 23rd! which kindly charges only $15 to set up a booth! Yay! But in the process of applying, I learned that you have to collect sales tax if you sell things. And if you want to collect sales tax, you have to register with the tax department. Whew! All these technicalities. Well, now I’m on my way…